Medical law has developed over the years, in the 18th century doctors were considered gods. However in the 21st this status has changed, patients and doctors, relationship is seen as a contract. There are a lot of factors that plays a role in the change of the doctor’s status over the years, and one of those factors are consent when limiting the doctor to the consent of his/her patient, that the courts have enforced by limiting the doctor’s powers to treat the person in the patient’s interest. adults must have the choice to be treated as they wish, which indicates that every adult has a right to choose their own treatment even if it is not in the best interest of the patient. Consent is important because of two factors, the first factor is legally; it would be illegal to touch a person without his/her consent, that is why without the consent of the patient the doctor shall not operate, morally is to respect the human’s dignity and choice hence the person who refuses a medical treatment even if it is not the best decision the doctor must respect the patient’s decision. Children were seen uncappable to make their decision about the consent, so it was all in the hands of the parents or anyone responsible for them if adults must consent to their own treatment, will children be allowed to refuse a medical treatment? This essay will discuss whether Children should have the same rights as an adult to refuse a medical treatment as adults. This essay will first discuss, the parents consent to the children’s treatment and the court’s involvement. Secondly, Glick competence. Thirdly, the ethics regarding this issue. Finally, issues that might raise on Gillick’s Competence.
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